Kolkata: State Labour minister Moloy Ghatak on Tuesday said the state government is gradually moving towards eradicating child labour in the state.”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, right from the day she took guard of the state in 2011, has brought in a number of people friendly schemes that cover a child’s right from his/her birth to death. Almost the entire population of the state is reaping benefits of these schemes initiated by the Chief Minister in some way or the other. Education is free in the state schools. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBooks, exercise books, dress and even shoes are being provided at free of cost.The number of drop outs have come down drastically. This has contributed in bringing down child labour and the way we are progressing, it will come down to zero in the next few years,” Ghatak said at a programme to mark the occasion of World ChildLabour Day.It may be mentioned that the Centre has acknowledged the role played by Bengal in eradicating the instances of child labour. A report presented by the concerned Union Minister in Parliament on March 27 states that over the last three years there has been an appreciative decrease in crimes related to child labour only in Bengal. The State-wise list of the number of crimes concerned with child labour from 2014 to 2016 was presented, according to which, during this period, the law has been moved against only 42 people Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedin Bengal. Significantly, during the above-mentioned period, there have been 1,131 operations in the state to rescue children illegally engaged in labour. “The emphasis of the government has been to render all possible assistance to those who hail from the economically weaker section. The Samajik Suraksha Yojana (SSY) scheme is a major stride in this matter,” the minister said.The department has set a target to include 1.2 crore beneficiaries within the schemes, aiming to provide income security and various social benefits to the people engaged in unorganised sectors.